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This monograph explores and investigates key issues facing Middle Eastern societies, including religion and sectarianism, history and collective memory, urban space and socioeconomic difference, policing and securitization, and gender relations.
In the Middle East, television drama creators serve as public intellectuals who, with uncanny prescience, tell the world something. As this volume demonstrates, fictional television provides a crucial space for social and political debate in much of the region. Writing from a range disciplines--anthropology, communication, folklore, gender studies, history, and law-- contributors include seasoned academics who have dedicated their careers to researching Middle Eastern media and emerging scholars who build on earlier work and introduce fresh perspectives. Together, they provide an invaluable overview of Middle Eastern serial television and their political impact, drawing examples from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Turkey.
Bringing together a diverse range of academic perspectives, this book will be of key interest to students and scholars in media and communication studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and popular culture studies.
About the Author
Christa Salamandra is Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research explores urban, visual, and mediated culture. She is author of A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria and co-editor of Syria from Reform to Revolt, Vol 2.Nour Halabi is an Interdisciplinary Fellow in the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on Arab and global media, social movements, and migration. She is author of Radical Hospitality: American Policy, Media, and Immigration.